Friday, September 29, 2023

Ford Mustang GTD, a street legal racing car

The Mustang GTD is a car that Ford will produce in a limited edition. It was developed at the same time as the GT3 from which it is inspired and with which the brand will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year, although unlike the latter it is road legal. In fact, it has to be the fastest Mustang ever to drive on public roads.

To achieve this, Ford engineers did their best achieve the greatest aerodynamic performance, which is reflected in the front splitter, the ventilated hood, the wheel arches and the optional activated carbon rear spoiler.

This material is widely used in the body of the GTD to reduce weight as much as possible. For example, the wheel arches, the hood, the cover used instead of the trunk lid, the door sills, the splitter, the rear diffuser or the roof are made from it.

The aerodynamic package also includes an underbody tray, also made of carbon fiber, and hydraulically controlled front spoilers, which direct the air flow in coordination with the active rear spoiler.

Has semi-active suspension, a hydraulic control system and transmission cooling It uses a racing-inspired cover instead of a trunk liner and features two air intakes to direct air out of the rear window.

According to Ford, “the combination of these aerodynamic features will result in tremendously balanced downforce between the front and rear axles, and in turn will increase cornering speed, enable better control and incredible lap times on some of the most infernal tracks in the world”. Currently, the GTD is in the Green Hell of the Nürburgring dropped by seven minutes.

The heart of this car is a 5.2 liter engine, a supercharged V8 engine and with a dry sump – for the first time in a street Mustang – that reaches more than 7,500 rpm and breathes through an exhaust with active titanium valves. More than deliver what you planned 800 horsepower is transmitted to the rear wheels and through an eight-speed automatic transmission connected to the carbon fiber transaxle transmission.

When it comes to suspension, you can vary the setting of both the damping and the springs, This means that the GTD has a configuration that allows a height of 4 cm lower in track mode compared to normal mode. The tracks have also been widened by 10 cm compared to a Mustang GT.

It is used on the front axle 325mm tires on the 345 rear tires mounted on rims made of either forged aluminum or forged magnesium. The latter are optional. Each wheel has Brembo-made ceramic discs and the rear wheels have cooling channels.

Track mode allows the driver to push the GTD to its limits by modulating engine power and traction control operation. And all of this without having to take your hands off the steering wheel.

The seats – at the front, as there are no rear seats to reduce weight – come from Recaro; while the titanium shift paddles were 3D printed, just like the rotary knob or serial plate. Leather and carbon fiber are combined on the dashboard.

The color combinations both indoors and outdoors allow complete customization to suit the customer’s taste be prepared to pay a price that starts at around 300,000 US dollars – that’s what Ford hopes – and which in return would amount to 276,000 euros.

The first phases of production were carried out at the Flat Rock plant (USA) and later transferred to the Multimatic factory in Markham (Canada) for assembly, always using purely artisanal processes, as befits a car. of the competition. So, The first Mustang GTDs are expected to be ready between late 2024 and early 2025.

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